$52 million project expected to enhance 4th Street/Prater Way

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 5/15/2014 12:13 am

Reno/Sparks, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The 4th Street/Prater Way RTC Rapid Transit Project is aimed at enhancing all aspects of the area from new sidewalks to bike lanes.

“I need it, it’s vital for me I have no way of car transportation and such,” says 23 year old Edlyn Santos, a frequent RTC rider.

Santos has been using RTC Rapid for the past two years and says without it she wouldn’t be in college, “It’s everything for me, I’m able to go to places, meet friends, go to school and just, ya know, explore most of

Exploring is something RTC officials want to make easier.

“Having a better walkable, bike able transportation infrastructure is going to make it a great place where people want to be and it’s going to support local businesses,”  says Amy Cummings, Director of Planning at RTC.

While the focus of the $52 million dollar 4th Street/Prater Way transit project is accessibility, preserving the history of the corridor is just as important.

“What’s been really incredible as part of the project is finding out how much history remains in place along 4th St. & Prater Way,” says Alicia Barber, Writer & Historian.

Local historian, Alicia Barber is working with the Regional Transportation Commission to educate those who believe development and  preservation work against each other, “What’s true actually is that the history of an area can enrich the meaning of that place and its character and it vitality so much that it becomes a real economic asset.

While Alicia is studying the past, other project team members are looking into the future, “It has a wide variety of economic impacts one of them of course is going to be construction jobs,” says Amy Cummings.

The final product will include new sidewalks, eight new RTC Rapid Stations and a continuous bike lane from Reno to Sparks. 

Construction is set to start in 2017.

For more information visit: www.4thPrater.com

The RTC also commissioned the 4thStreet/Prater Way History Project in conjunction with the corridor study. You can find that information on the above web site or go to the dedicated Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/4thPraterHistory

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